Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy



or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.


Q. My scottish terrier appears to be having issues with her back right leg lifting it when walking no sign of injury did not want to go out aged 7

Answered By
DR. MASSIMO ORIOLES, DVM, MRCVS

A. There could be different causes for the signs you are describing.

Patella ( rotula) bone luxation is one of the most common especially if the lameness is intermittent. Stifle (knee) injury especially cruciate ligament damage is another common cause ( the lameness in this cause would be more consistent).

Nerve root compression in the lower back ( in this case the lameness would be called nerve root signature) is possible as well.

There are other options such as hip or different back leg joints problems; I would recommend anyway to have her checked by your veterinarian. A physical examination can easily localise the problem and give you more specific answers.


DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.

CAN'T FIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR?

Ask an expert about your unique situation now FOR FREE!

IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.